2021 Wimbledon Championships Men’s Final: Matteo Berrettini vs Novak Djokovic – Sunday, July 11, 2021

by Boris Angelov | July 10, 2021 |

Bidding to win his first Grand Slam title, No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy will face the two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final on Sunday. 

Novak Djokovic claimed his second win in two matches against Matteo Berrettini as the Serb won 6-3 6-2 6-7 7-5 in the Roland Garros quarter-finals last month and will be looking to claim another one on a different surface. 

Novak Djokovic Betting Preview

What can we say about Novak Djokovic and his outstanding chance to level Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with his 20th Grand Slam title or to even improve their all-time record if he also wins the US Open title? He's a player who doesn't need an introduction, he's just Djokovic and he's currently running riot past his opponents at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. 

Aiming to win his sixth Wimbledon title (and third in a row), Novak Djokovic's efforts to hold off the Next Gen on different surfaces have been successful so far as he defeated Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final as well as Stefanos Tsitsipas in the French Open final earlier this season.

The World No. 1 kicked off his Wimbledon campaign with a clash against the United Kingdom wildcard Jack Draper and he shockingly lost the first set 6-4, before he completely dismantled his resistance in the following three sets – 6-1 6-2 6-2. He is yet to drop a set since, winning in straight sets against Kevin Anderson, Denis Kudla, Cristian Garin, Marton Fucsovics and Denis Shapovalov en route to his third Wimbledon final in a row.

All in all, Novak Djokovic is unbeaten on grass (in a competitive match) since he lost the 2018 Queen's Club final to Marin Cilic and with the weight of history on his shoulders, the Serb will be keen to win his 20th Major title in a convincing manner. 

Matteo Berrettini Betting Preview 

The Italian followed the steps of the Italian national football team who'll face hosts England in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday and Matteo Berrettini contributed to declare the coming weekend a national holiday. 

Matteo Berrettini prevailed in his third but arguably most important meeting against Poland's Hubert Hurkacz (6-3 6-0 6-7 6-4) and will now hope to beat the odds against a relentless Novak Djokovic. 

The 25-year-old Roman already gained some considerable Grand Slam experience when he reached the semi-finals of the 2019 US Open, as well as the French Open quarter-finals last month.

Moreover, at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, Berrettini reached back-to-back Grand Slam quarter-finals to become the first Italian men player to reach this stage since Davide Sanguinetti in 1998. His victory over Hurkacz means he's the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam final since Adriano Panatta at the 1976 French Open and the first one to do so at the Wimbledon Championships. 

Having won the biggest title (first ATP 500) of his career at the Queen's Club Championships – where he became the first Italian to win the competition and also the first debutant to triumph since legendary Boris Becker himself in 1985.

Prior to the quarter-final clash against Felix Auger-Aliassime, Matteo Berrettini had dropped just one set in four matches – in his first-round victory over Argentina's Guido Pella – but none of these opponents, including Botic van de Zandschulp, Aljaz Bedene and Ilya Ivashka (his victims in the next rounds) was a real challenge.

Matteo Berrettini's route to the final has been way easier compared with Hubert Hurkacz's challenging schedule, yet the Italian took his winning streak to 11 matches (all on grass) and he is unbeaten since he lost to Novak Djokovic in the French Open quarter-finals last month. 

Spooky Express Betting Prediction 

Unbeaten in 17 matches – since he lost to Rafa Nadal at the Rome Masters final in mid-May – Novak Djokovic is a -478 Moneyline favorite to claim an anticipated victory against odds of +388 on Matteo Berrettini with BetOnline

Considering the manner and the confidence of Hurkacz's impressive performances to beat Roger Federer as well as the comeback win against the World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, Berrettini's confidence will be rising as he recently defeated a very tricky opponent. The Italian has won 11 matches in a row on grass and he seems to be peaking at the right time, yet he will need something extraordinary to beat the World No. 1. 

The one thing the Italian hasn't, remarkably, done yet is to beat a Top 10 player en route to the Wimbledon final, which means he hasn't played anyone remotely as good as the Serb. Well, Djokovic is a tough, tough match, probably the worst possible enemy to face at the moment and knowing his character, we're sure he'll do everything to close the final in just three sets.

Spooky Express Free Play: Under 3½ Sets +105 @ BetOnline for 5/10 Units

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